Who knew I’d grow to love green tea so much? Salted almonds are certainly yummy, but the recommended serving size leaves me wanting more after just an hour (possibly 45 minutes).
After just three days of carefully prepared dinners, I crack. In a split-second decision (which in actuality I’d been dreaming about for two days now), I indulge in a Gwyneth-style cheat meal. My boyfriend and I have “dinner” at Pommes Frites, a restaurant in the West Village that serves only french fries and a bunch of dipping sauces, followed by multiple glasses of dry white wine. In my excitement to gorge myself on deep-fried potatoes and kick back some much-missed wine, I forget to take photos. And while I definitely feel bloated after my super high-carb extravagance, I’m also so, so happy.
The next morning, I realize I’m dreading powering through another breakfast-deficient morning, minimalist lunch and evening spent cooking. I very much want to be done. So rather than continue on in hanger, I decide to call it quits on GP Week. Fries forever.
So How Does Gwyneth's Diet Compare To My Usual Day-to-day?
Gwyneth, girl, you need to start eating a real breakfast. Especially if you’re working out in the morning. I consistently felt like my energy stores were reaching a deep low before lunch, and even then, my lunch only brought me back up to about 60 percent. I definitely felt that I looked trimmer at the end of the four days, but as I didn’t actually weigh myself, I’m not entirely sure. It also wasn’t something I was necessarily hoping to achieve here. On the other hand, I didn’t have any new breakouts over those four days (probably due to the lack of processed sugar), which is a major coup for my acne-prone skin.
In the end, I didn’t find Gwyneth’s day-to-day to be very sustainable. Perhaps if I’d increased the serving sizes at lunch or dinner, or even better, if I’d added in a true breakfast (like those savory oats I haven’t been able to stop thinking about), I wouldn’t have felt so drained. I was also spending far too much time counting down the clock until my next meal, which isn’t really how I want to spend my day.
On the plus side, since completing my GP Week (well, four days of it), I’ve been starting my days with a large glass of cold water, sipping on green tea in the afternoons and cooking a bit more often. I’ve been trying hard to prevent my sugar addiction from creeping back in, but those bowls of candy scattered across the office make it pretty difficult. I’ve also been better about really thinking about my meals and trying to incorporate more Gwyneth-approved ingredients.
Gwyneth certainly has the right idea about a lot of things—easy and delicious dinner recipes, afternoon snacks, red-carpet dresses—but breakfast is not one of them. Will someone on the Goop team please bring her a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich tomorrow? Even if she hasn’t had any Japanese whiskey the night before?